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Published July 29th 2019
Take a walk on the Macbeth trail
A day trip to the historic Glamis Castle takes you to a place steeped in over 1000 years of history,

This is the family home to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. It has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th Century and is set in an estate that covers more than 57 square kilometres.

Among the famous events that happened over the centuries past at Glamis is when King Malcolm II was murdered here in 1034. At the time of his murder, there was only a hunting lodge in the spot where the castle now stands with it only built around 1372 and subsequently expanded over the centuries that followed.

The castle inspired Shakespeare's Macbeth, and at the start of the play, Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis, with this being his home.

On a visit here, you can enjoy a guided tour around the castle taking in all of its history and the many objects on display with each room having much to see. The tour guide we had was informative, entertaining and able to answer all the visitors' questions about each room. If you want to get more of a feel for the place and the grand scale its past residents enjoyed, you can take a stroll around the grounds and formal gardens at your own pace.

Relax and enjoy food and drink in the castle restaurant with lunch from award-winning caterers. The main visitors' entrance is down at the back of the castle, where you'll find Pavillion shop that sells a range of clothing, jewellery and gifts.

At the time of our visit, there was a small playground area for the kids, though it wasn't much to keep them entertained.

On the ground floor, there is an exhibition room that has changing exhibitions, while we were there the display of Royal coronation garments.

Throughout the year, there are many seasonal events, and you can find out what's going on by checking their website.
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Why? Day out at a historic building and gardens
When: Open daily from March 30th from 10:00 17:00, last tour leaving at 16:30
Phone: 01307 840393
Where: Glamis Castle Angus Scotland DD8 1RJ
Cost: Garden and Grounds with Castle tour Adults 15.50, Senior (60 ) / Student 12, Child (5-16 years old) 10, Family (2 adults max 3 children) 50. Garden and Grounds only Adult 9.50, Senior (60 ) / Student 7.50, Child 6.00, Family 25.00
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